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Number of Pages: 230
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.48 (inches)|
Tennessee Transplantation is a story about an older middle-class couple who want to escape the harsh New York winters in their retirement. As with many people these days, they are strapped for cash but always pay their bills on time. The tale begins with a conversation about how they will attain their goal, the steps they take to do so, and the people they meet on their journey. It describes some cost-cutting ideas, which are interwoven into the thread of their story.
Author: Anita Phelps Lockhart
Located in: Sparta, TN
Submitted: September 14, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a retired Federal Civilian employee who retired in 1989 and worked 15 years after that for defense contractors at the same Air Force Base. I wrote the novel back in the early 90's before my late husband and I purchased a home in Sparta TN and spent winters there, which I continue to do. I have two adult children, a son and daughter. I'm quite proud of the fact that a top Amazon reviewer gave my novel a Five Star (out of five stars) review. When I first wrote the book and submitted it to several agents, they liked my writing and characters, but wanted me to add sex and violence which would have changed the whole texture of the story. About ten years prior to writing the novel, I subsidy published a book of poetry, "Sense and Sentiment". Some of my verse have appeared in World of Poetry Anthologies. I have written some short stories which appeared in an Upstate women's periodical. I edited the book 'Not a Bad Start' by Patricia Langendorf as well as 'Yesterday's Blacksmith' by the late Charles Nolan.
What was your motivation behind this project? I mentioned an idea to my late husband and he encouraged me to write the story. Friends and family that read the manuscript were very supportive and all liked it. When someone not in that close circle read it and was really enthusiastic, I decide to publish it. Was fortunate to find Westbow, a Christian Publisher, who liked the concept.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A sense of peace when reading it, absorb some of the cost saving tips interwoven into the story. It's a peaceful read with some excitement added. Should appeal to most people, especially the older generation.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Think I learned more about myself as I used my own history and my late spouse's, as the background for the main characters, Frank and Ann Flanders. It was a challenge to try to describe them as I feel they were, their assets and flaws, through my eyes.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I always loved Gene Stratton Porter books, 'Girl of the Limberlost' and 'Freckles' among them. I've always enjoyed any poetry by Helen Steiner Rice. Sparta has a number of local authors and a very supportive bookstore, Riverbank Books, whose owner, Tonya Magnus Carter, has provided a market for us including book-signings.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: As stated, I wrote the novel about 23 years ago. When an acquaintance enthusiastically prompted me to publish my novel, it became an unwritten item on a mental 'bucket list' to do so. I will be 80 next year and enjoying being an 'author'!